• WordNet 3.6
    • n intercourse the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
    • n intercourse communication between individuals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day
    • Intercourse A commingling; intimate connection or dealings between persons or nations, as in common affairs and civilities, in correspondence or trade; communication; commerce; especially, interchange of thought and feeling; association; communion. "This sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles."
    • Intercourse Same as sexual intercourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Besides the genitals and the breasts, the inner nose is the only other body part that routinely swells during intercourse.
    • n intercourse Communication between persons or places; frequent or habitual meeting or contact of one person with another, or of a number of persons with others, in conversation, trade, travel, etc.; physical interchange; reciprocal dealing: as, the intercourse between town and country.
    • n intercourse Mental or spiritual interchange; reciprocal exchange of ideas or feelings; intercommunion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.
    • n Intercourse in′tėr-kōrs connection by dealings: communication: commerce: communion: coition.
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nobody can write the life of a man but those who have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.”
  • Angela Carter
    “It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.”
  • Stephen Decatur
    Stephen Decatur
    “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly entercourse, OF. entrecours, commerce, exchange, F. entrecours, a reciprocal right on neighboring lands, L. intercursus, a running between, fr. intercurrere, to run between. See Inter-, and Course
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. entrecours—L. intercursus, a running between—inter, between, currĕre, cursum, to run.


In literature:

De Soto and Don Pedro no longer held any intercourse with each other.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
In our intercourse with God the difficulty is not on His side, but on ours.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
It was an understood thing that ladies and gentlemen when riding should fall into this kind of intercourse.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
The savage has no hope from the spirit, and does not seek his intercourse.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
In this colony the members formally agree to mutual and free sexual intercourse.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Even a slight intercourse with them gives you at once a knowledge of them.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
Similarly, the Malay, to procure supernatural intercourse, retires to the jungle and abstains from food.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
It is the radius of social intercourse.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson

In poetry:

"He was there alone," when even
Had round earth its mantle thrown,
Holding intercourse with heaven:
"He was there alone."
"Solitude" by John Bowring
Pure Seraphims and Angels bright
In social intercourse with man;
What glorious ages of delight,
How worthy of a lengthened span.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
The surest friend, the safest guard,
In thy sweet mercy may I see!
And solitude itself regard,
As blessed intercourse with Thee!
"Hymn To The Creator" by William Hayley
Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) -
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles' first LP.
"Annus Mirabilis" by Philip Larkin
As I care for what I do not know, and care
Knowing for little she might not have been,
And for how little she would be unseen,
The intercourse of lives miraculous and dear.
"The Beautiful American Word, Sure" by Delmore Schwartz
The Flesh.
Who knows what splendours in high heaven are kindled?
He, who surveys them oft,
Is satiated at last;
There's nought created so divine and dear,
That in long intercourse becomes not tiresome.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper

In news:

Studies show that most women make noise (and lots of it) when engaging in sexual intercourse.
Oral sex not outstripping intercourse among US youth: study.
Others, like camels, llamas, and mink, only ovulate after intercourse.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal that would require adults in pornographic films to wear condoms during intercourse.
Doug Levine argued at both trials that the semen found on the robe and jeans was the product of consensual sexual intercourse with Watters -- and not left by Allen.
Christopher Bradley Nutt, 24, admitted sexual intercourse and possessing photographs of the 12-year-old girl in a plea deal.
The relationship included sexual intercourse and numerous email and video exchanges.
Mann was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 11.
"I love condoms , I think they're great and the safest thing you can do in engaging in sexual intercourse with a stranger," he said, adding he uses them in his personal life but not onscreen.
Hen Philip Larkin wrote, with pointed sarcasm and mild regret, that "sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three," he was off by 15 years.
Symptoms include pain in the pelvis , vaginal discharge, fever, fatigue, menstrual problems, and pain or bleeding during or after intercourse.
The disease is primarily transmitted through sexual intercourse.
The Intercourse Pretzel Factory in Lancaster County churns out 100 pounds of pretzels a day.
Singlefins, Boardwalks, And Story Talks II: An Evening of NJ Surf History, Presented by Intercourse Brewing Company.
According to Air Force prosecutors , Walker had sexual intercourse with 4 of the 10 female recruits.

In science:

Mucus observations in the fertile window: a better predictor of conception then timing of intercourse.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms